Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Review: "Justified" by Varina Denman

Choosing to review Justified: A Novel (Mended Hearts Series Book 2) (David C. Cook), by Varina Denman was a risk I was willing to take having not read the first installment of her Mended Hearts series.  The past and future installments have skirted there way to the top of my to read list.  In no way did I feel the story was slighted from having not (yet) read Jaded.

Fawn Blaylock's life is experiencing a season of upheaval due to her untimely pregnancy.  Unwed and ostracized by her small town, local church, and well-to-do family she has to learn not only how to fend for herself, care for her future child, but also who she is outside of the titles implemented upon her by her small town society.  Fawn learns to hope in her future, in grace, in love and romance, and in faith.  As past choices, not only her own but those of her parents, haunt her she is shaped not only by the consequences of those choices but by what those choices teach her.  Denman has brilliantly woven together honest characters.  Your heart will fall and soar as you follow Fawn's journey.  As she finds her faith you may find some new truth revealed in your own.

I definitely recommend this read.  It's a light and quick but the story has enough depth to keep you interested and on the edge of your seat.  I think I may be becoming a fan of Denman, I felt pretty attached to these character quit a few days after finishing reading and didn't want to let them go!  Purchase your copy on Amazon

Justified: A Novel (Mended Hearts Series Book 2) was released June 1, 2015.  What's the most recent truth you've learned from a novel?
Note: I received this book as part of the Justified  blog tour from Radiant Lit.  I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Review copy provided by the publisher for Radiant Lit Blog Tours.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Book Review: "If You Find This Letter" by Hannah Brencher

Dear Hannah Brencher,

     Your book If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers (Howard Books) is poignantly beautiful.  I've sat on this review for months not knowing what to say.  There aren't words to accurately describe the beauty of this book.  Hannah, you are an exquisite writer, and the fact that you used that gift to anonymously reach out to others is amazing.  It's those simple acts of beauty, the things that are so innately us that we don't truly believe they could really make a difference that often mean the most.  Little handwritten notes tucked in secret places, because who doesn't like to find little treasures and who doesn't like to receive hand written notes.  Hannah, thank you for pouring out your words on the page in the most human way you could.  Thank you for showing your fears, failures, insecurities, and your heartbreak.  I highlighted your words, and posted them for the world to see as my heart felt understood.  I cannot describe how much your words have meant to me.   This is the most phenomenal memoir I've read in some time.  I think it describes the millennial generation to a "t."  Keep on writing, even if no one ever knows it was you.

Another girl who used to be in love with October, but death made it feel hollow,

If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers was published March 10, 2015.  Instead of leaving a comment here, go write something with a paper and pen for someone you know or don't doesn't really matter...just go leave your beautiful words somewhere.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.